If you’re new to Botox, Botox is a cosmetic treatment that’s typically used to treat dynamic wrinkles, which are lines and folds that occur as a result of repeated facial expressions including smiling, frowning, or laughing.
Dynamic wrinkles can be difficult to treat with other cosmetic treatments, but Botox can effectively and safely soften or make them disappear altogether. But before you discuss Botox with your dermatologist, there are a couple of things to keep in mind, from side effects to downtime.
There is more than one brand of Botox
There are many brands available to the consumer, including Dysport, Botox, Xeomin, and Jeuveau. These brands all share the ability to soften muscles of facial expression by using small needles to place muscle-relaxing fluid into the offending lines.
Addresses various types of concerns
Botox is great for softening forehead lines, crow’s feet, as well as those 11 lines between the eyes. You can also use Botox to lift and reshape eyebrows as well. For those who want to address a gummy smile, Botox can be used to lower the lip so that it covers more of the gum area.
Helps with teeth grinding
Botox is great for those who suffer from TMJ (or for those who grind their teeth at night), as the jaw muscles can become overdeveloped and widen the face, giving it more of a squared-off appearance. Not only can Botox help with the pain, but it also adds that it can also slim the face too.
Can be used as a preventative measure
In an ideal situation, you want to get Botox before the lines get etched in. For instance, if you know you frown a lot, get some Botox between the eyebrows to improve the area. At the same time, you’ll also be preventing the lines from ever forming in the first place.
Results come quickly
The effects of Botox tend to become evident a few days after treatment. The results tend to peak at two weeks, and lasts an average of three months, depending on the problem being treated.
There may be some side effects
While usually minimal, Botox does have possible side effects worth keeping in mind. These include temporary pain, headaches, and swelling and bruising at the injection site. Additionally, “Many providers say that you shouldn’t be active post-injection, but you can resume your regular activities immediately.”
Never get Botox on a bargain
The ideal candidate realizes that Botox injection is a medical procedure that should not be taken lightly. Botox should not be performed where one gets a pedicure or in one’s home, as it costs twice as much to fix bad work than having it done properly from the start.